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Sen. Shelby announces $27 million for Alabama in DOT RAISE grants

The grants total $27,179,948, to fund efforts for infrastructure improvements in Alabama.

This photo rendering depicts bicyclists and pedestrians on a suspended bridge over U.S. 231 and U.S. 431 in Huntsville. The bridge would be constructed as part of a proposed multimodal pedestrian access and redevelopment corridor that would also improve flood mitigation and erosion. (VIA CITY OF HUNTSVILLE)

Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, has announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Alabama three Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grants. The grants total $27,179,948, to fund efforts for infrastructure improvements in Alabama: $20 million for the city of Huntsville, nearly $5.2 million for the city of Cordova, and $2 million for the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments.

“I am proud to announce that Alabama is receiving more than $27 million for local infrastructure improvement projects through DOT’s RAISE Grant Program. All three of these investments will support improved quality of life, safety, and experience in each of their respective communities,” Shelby said. “I am particularly pleased that Huntsville has been awarded the funds to construct multiple pedestrian bridges that will soon provide greater access to businesses and vital services located downtown. This multimodal project has been in the works for quite some time, and I look forward to the finished product.”

The RAISE grant for the city of Huntsville will provide $20,000,000 to design and construct multimodal improvements on approximately 1.2 miles of the Pedestrian Access and Redevelopment Corridor, linking downtown Huntsville to neighborhoods that are physically isolated by U.S. Route 231/431, Governors Drive, and the Pinhook Creek.  The scope of the project consists of approximately 6,000 feet of multimodal improvements, a cable-suspended pedestrian bridge, three bowstring truss pedestrian bridges, replacement of a railroad bridge, and flood mitigation measures.

The RAISE grant awarded to the city of Cordova will provide funding in the amount of $5,179,948 for repairs and improvements to take place on more than 30 miles of deteriorating roadways throughout Cordova, Alabama.

The RAISE grant for the Northwest Alabama Council of Local Governments will provide $2,000,000 for the Shoals Area Railroad Overpass in Colbert County. The project will produce a comprehensive corridor study and design plan for the roadway approaches and bridge structure over the Norfolk Southern Railroad near Montgomery Avenue in Sheffield, Alabama. The scope of the study encompasses the National Environmental Policy Act, environmental permitting, roadway design, approaches and the overall bridge design.

The DOT RAISE grant program awards funding annually for important transportation and infrastructure projects across the nation. The program provides an opportunity for the department to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives.

Previously known as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery Discretionary Grants, Congress has dedicated $1.5 billion in Fiscal Year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects that have a significant local or regional impact.

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